Since human migrations began, germs have traveled with people, animals and traded goods. In an interconnected and mobile world, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS can spread rapidly. Yet international cooperation through agencies such as the World Health Organization also allows for a collective response to global health threats and faster response times. Nations have developed diverse health care systems, aiming for cost-effective treatment. Yet the diverse systems contribute to disparities in global health, including availability of technology, pharmaceutical companies targeting innovations to maximize profits, and providers abandoning areas of need for higher salaries in the West, just to name a few.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

Research has linked the virus to birth defects in infants, Guillain-Barrê syndrome in adults
Donald G. McNeil Jr, Catherine Saint Louis and Nicholas St. Fleur
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WHO: Extremely Alarmed by Zika, Could Reach 4 Million Cases

Brazil reports almost 4,000 cases of microcephaly
Tom Miles, Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland
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Family Planning Is “Critical Link" in Eradicating Poverty

Family planning is key to sustainable development, poverty reduction and economic growth
Zofeen Ebrahim and Liz Ford
January 27, 2016

The Smart Way of Healing

Anti-resistant bacteria and hospital-acquired diseases threaten treatment and medical tourism
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“Almost Too late”: Fears of Global Superbug Crisis in Wake of Antibiotic Misuse

Reliance on antibiotics in agriculture is a culprit
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